Put your faith into future action

Since January 2021, Interserve has received almost $180,000 from bequests! We are so thankful for our faithful supporters who have entrusted Interserve with their precious gifts to be invested in future kingdom work.

Ranging from gifts of $1000 to much larger gifts, these bequests have come from incredible supporters who have chosen to invest in Interserve beyond their time here on earth. We are so thankful that they have entrusted us to use their money wisely for the sake of the kingdom – as we support workers walking alongside people of Asia and the Arab world. Their faith in leaving a gift to Interserve in their Will has resulted in FUTURE ACTION.

What difference do bequests make?

Bequests are an amazing opportunity for Interserve to respond to current needs and future-building initiatives. Those who have entrusted us with their funds didn’t know how it might be used to bless others in the future!

Building a resilient foundation for Interserve allows our workers to plan and invest in their local communities for the long haul. The sustainable impact of ministries on the ground can be seen through many examples of long-term partnership.

We are here to stay.

As a highly trusted international ministry organisation serving for 170 years, we want to encourage faithful supporters to consider leaving a gift to Interserve in their Will to support future ministry. Throughout our history, we’ve served in many different ways in many different places, but always with the same vision:

“To see lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ.”

If this is something you want to enable for future generations, we would love your support through a bequest.

Put your faith into future action today.

Would you please consider these two things?

  1. If you have already included Interserve in your Will, please consider sharing your story with us (which you can do anonymously) and tell us why you have chosen to support Interserve in this way.
  2. For everyone else, if you love Interserve and what we do, please consider investing in future kingdom work by leaving a gift in your Will today. Find out more.

For any enquiries or comments or to have a chat about what this means for you, please contact us on 1800 067 100 or email info@interserve.org.au

 

“We have taken a lot of encouragement that even when times were tough (and they were, with COVID, a military takeover and lots of divisions and injustice in society), we could ‘take heart’, as in John 16, as Jesus has ‘overcome the world’. We’ve been very conscious of being upheld by prayer over many years.” – Interserve worker

Why should we treat Third Culture Kids as kids?

As Interserve’s Third Culture Kids (TCK) Advocate, I was recently challenged to reflect on the importance of engaging and effectively debriefing with children growing up in a culture which is not their own.

I attended a seminar where the speaker Ruth Van Reken, a well-respected voice in the sector, raised the point that cross-cultural organisations and oftentimes parents can overlook the needs of children in the context of living in a new culture. It may be assumed that the children are well-adjusted and adaptable but perhaps there are still experiences and emotions that have not been addressed. Debriefing provides the essential opportunity to talk about their feelings – the highs and lows of growing up as a third culture kid.

Tanya Crossman is another well-known voice in the TCK world and in her book Misunderstood, several children share their experiences and the challenges that brought. Tanya highlights the need to acknowledge that TCKs are uniquely positioned as children of parents who have chosen to serve cross-culturally and therefore need to be supported in that way.

Tanya offers a window of understanding from the perspective of TCKs, as seen in the following testimony:

“‘I love the experiences I had as a TCK – they are a treasure trove of memories. What I don’t like is that I didn’t have a choice in the matter as a kid. I always felt that it was my parents who had chosen to be missionaries and not myself… It was really wonderful to be met by a TCK worker where I was treated as a kid rather than as a missionary.’ – Karissa, 23″ (Misunderstood, pp36-37)

What TCKs need is someone to listen to them without judgment, to advocate for them and to validate their feelings – both positive and negative.

Tanya highlights something we may often forget:

“A number of MKs felt resentment toward their parents for choices made on their behalf… They may believe in what their parents are doing, think it is great, and yet have negative feelings about their experiences… They may feel guilty about these feelings, believing it makes them ‘bad people’ especially when it is felt as a religious imperative. This resentment and guilt may be buried, result in passive-aggressive behaviour or only re-emerge later in life.” (Misunderstood, p34)

 

So what is the role of a TCK advocate?  

Essentially, to walk alongside and help TCKs debrief. This may include allowing them tosafely share their story, looking at highlights and lowlights of their experiences, unpacking feelings, as well as voicing hopes and fears for the future.  This offers TCKs space to process what they’ve been through and helps make sense of their identity and affirms them as an individual. It many cases it will help bring closure and help them invest in the next season of life, whatever that may be.

Most importantly, caring for TCKs involves affirming their story – each one is valued by the family, the organisation, and by God. As TCK advocate I feel privileged to be able to help families and organisations care for TCKs better.

This blog was written by Kath, TCK Advocate.
You can find out more about her work and how to support her here.

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